The Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) is the first major update since the Regulation of the Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA 2000), and it brings regulation into the digital age. It protects personal freedoms while providing the significant and wide ranging new powers the Law Enforcement and National Security community need to address the threats from terrorism and criminality facing the country and to protect the vulnerable from harm.
The IPA will have particular implications for the UK telecommunications industry. The industry is one of the most advanced in the world, providing mature and highly developed services to sophisticated, price-sensitive subscribers who understand the technology and expect a consistent, high quality, service. It is vital that work to meet the needs of the IPA does not compromise the services Communications Service Providers (CSPs) offer or affect their core business models.
That means CSPs need to start preparing now, working closely with the UK Government, not least to agree funding routes, if they are to act at the right time to remain compliant with the law, meet the needs of the public authorities and protect the interests of their subscribers and shareholders.
Download our paper to read more about the challenges CSPs will need to overcome